Biosecurity Training

New Zealand importers must operate an Approved Transitional Facility to receive, inspect and unpack imported sea containers. All Transitional Facilities must have trained and certified personnel who manage or undertake the different aspects of biosecurity. Applicants must have a current working visa if they are not a New Zealand citizen or resident.

There have been some recent changes to training requirements that you might not be aware of. These include changes to the frequency of training and a more in-depth course for Transitional Facility Operators. Implementing these changes have required all Training Providers to change registration, training and certification processes. Please keep an eye out for our training emails and updates, and if you have any questions please email training(at) or call 0800 021 169

NEW – Virtual MPI Accredited Person Refresher Training

Exclusive to IVS

Online AP Training, followed by a Virtual Reality assessment is now available for IVS Trainees who require AP Refresher Training.

This means that you can training online in your own time, anywhere with internet access. After that, you make an appointment to come into our Auckland or Hamilton Training rooms to do the Virtual Reality assessment.


  • Faster Training – Revise your knowledge and get up to speed with any changes
  • Flexible and convenient – online training done at your pace, anytime, anywhere
  • Show your AP Skills in a practical way - no written assessment

Please note that this is only available for those who hold a current Accredited Person Certificate. If you are training to become an AP, please see below our half-day courses nationwide.


MPI Accredited Person (AP) Training

MPI requires all facilities importing sea containers to have one or more Accredited Persons available. APs are responsible for inspecting containers, supervising their unpacking, containing any biosecurity threats found and reporting to MPI.

IVS provides the necessary training, or refresher training, for your staff to gain or maintain their accreditation in a convenient half day course.


MPI Transitional Facility Operator Training

MPI require all Operators of Transitional Facilities to complete specific training. This full day operators course focuses on:

  • Responsibilities of the Operator and the importance of their role in biosecurity
  • Relevant legislation requirements and overview of the standards
  • Practical assistance in completing biosecurity operating procedures.


Biosecurity Awareness Training


This course is designed for all other staff who assist the Accredited Person to unpack imported containers that have come into NZ by sea or air. On the completion of this course, participants will:

  • have an understanding of biosecurity and the role of an Accredited Person
  • be aware of the risks of unwanted pests and diseases
  • feel more confident in assisting the Accredited Person

This course is offered online, making it fast, easy and convenient.



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